Sanral starts Eastern Cape N2 upgrade

first_img17 July 2015The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has started work on its R900-million Southern Region construction project.The national road network is the economic link between Port Elizabeth and East London, and is the west-east link between Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.In the first phase, it has begun upgrading a 47km stretch of the N2 highway between Grahamstown and the Fish River pass, in Eastern Cape.The project comprises upgrading a single carriageway through the mountainous region, and construction is in three phases. It is not without its challenges, among which are saving the protected Oldenburgia grandis trees indigenous to some places along the route, limiting delays to road users during construction and keeping the impact on adjoining property owners to a minimum.A large amount of rock has to be blasted, and the design also has to tie into the existing Fish River Bridge.Rock blasting is planned for today, 15km outside Grahamstown towards Peddie, according to Sanral. The upgrade of 16.7km of the N2 included geometric improvements, realignment, widening of existing cuttings and fill embankments, the roads agency said.Grahamstown to KingIn total, the project is expected to take six to seven years. It is part of a long-term strategy to improve roads around and between Grahamstown and King William’s Town and comprises geometric improvements to portions of the national highway.Climbing lanes to improve the level of surface will also be added.“The existing road was built in the 1960s and currently does not meet Sanral’s desired alignment and safety standards,” said the agency. An increase in traffic volumes, particularly heavy vehicles, had prompted the need for the upgrade.Improved sight distance for drivers was expected to cut road accidents and reduce vehicle operating costs, while travel times were expected to be shorter.In media reports, Sanral has that the project will improve and prepare the N2 to support increasing volumes of motorists on the national road over the next 25 years, while enabling lower fuel consumption on the upgraded road, which will also reduce carbon emissions.Regarding the rare Oldenburgia grandis, which only grows on quartzite outcrops, Sanral collaborated with Rhodes University, in Grahamstown, and funded a study and transplant programme for these plants. The project is being overseen by a postgraduate botany student.N2 Wild Coast toll roadIn other road news, the construction of the N2 Wild Coast toll road was expected to start in September 2016, said Gugile Nkwinti, the rural development and land reform minister.He was speaking in his capacity as the chairman of the Presidential Infrastructure Co-ordinating Committee (PICC) on 9 July at a public consultation meeting in Bizana, Eastern Cape.The PICC oversees bulk infrastructure projects and manages 18 strategic infrastructure projects (SIPs). Nkwinti is responsible for SIP3, which targets the South-East Node and Corridor Development. This includes the N2 Wild Coast Highway, new dam at Mzimvubu with an irrigation system.He received a Sanral report on the status of the project earlier last week. “We have made a decision. What we want to know now is where we are going to relocate people who have to make way for the road. In case of graves, we want people to indicate where the graves will be relocated. We are left with 13 months before construction starts.”The department said that if court processes against the construction of the toll road persisted, the project would start in 2017.“Before construction resumes, houses, graves, animal veld, and mealie-fields will be relocated to suitable alternative land. A survey commissioned by Sanral about the proposed new route for the N2 along the Wild Coast indicated an almost unanimous level of support for this development.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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USS Foundation Seventh Annual Charity Golf Tournament Reaches Maximum Participation

first_imgThe USS Foundation announced today that its Seventh Annual Charity Golf Tournament broke its own attendance record by securing the maximum number of participants for the event. Organizers of this year’s tournament, which takes place June 23 at the world-famous Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles, filled all 97 participant slots — a number never before attained by the foundation. The proceeds from the tournament will go to charity programs that benefit disadvantaged children.“It’s always been our goal to completely fill the golf course with retail and loss prevention leaders, and I’m thrilled to say that this year participation is even bigger than what we expected,” said Denise Canfield, executive vice president of USS and secretary of the USS Foundation. “While I want to say this is a big win for the foundation, the real winners are the children and those less-fortunate who will benefit from the foundation’s programs.”Canfield continued, “In addition to the record-high participation and the attention of local media, companies like LP Magazine; Contact, Inc.; LP Jobs; and Stanley Security have really come through for us as the top sponsors this year. Thanks to them, and our other valued sponsors, the USS Foundation is looking forward to expanding the reach of its programs even more.”- Sponsor – The USS Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children in need. It is known for its Adopt-a-Bike program; holiday meals for low-income families; and visits to children recovering from serious illnesses.More information for this year’s charity golf tournament can be obtained from the USS Foundation’s web site: http://www.ussfoundation.org/golf.php Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Marketing Day: IAB adds DTC leader to board, identity resolution options, cybersecurity for marketers

first_img HomeDigital MarketingMarketing Day: IAB adds DTC leader to board, identity resolution options, cybersecurity for marketers Posted on 12th February 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Marketing Day: IAB adds DTC leader to board, identity resolution options, cybersecurity for marketersYou are here: Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.From Marketing Land:IAB names direct-to-consumer brand to board seat for first timeFeb 11, 2019 by Robin KurzerThe trade group also unveiled research on direct-to-consumer brands’ impact on marketing, advertising and consumer engagements.Know your options: Identity resolution beyond the walled gardensFeb 11, 2019 by Barry LevineBringing together the separate data sets for customers and prospects may be essential, but brands have differing needs — and therefore different solutions.Cybersecurity for marketers: Teamwork is key to protect dataFeb 11, 2019 by Sam BocettaMarketing teams should regularly reevaluate how they approach cybersecurity and work in tandem with their IT department, especially during third-party mergers and acquisitions.Verizon Media survey on 5G: Consumers expect better AR and videoFeb 8, 2019 by Barry LevineAdvertisers are anticipating new creative formats, better location-based targeting and better access to quality data.Recent Headlines From MarTech Today, Our Sister Site Dedicated To Marketing Technology:Data location vendor worked with GDPR regulator on data consent model, yielding 70% opt-in ratesFeb 11, 2019 by Greg SterlingTeemo says that transparency gives consumers a sense of control and they respond positively as a result.How to Prepare for a Successful Marketing Analytics ImplementationFeb 11, 2019 by Digital Marketing DepotAnalytics are critical to fuel the success of your marketing investments. Whether you are taking a hard look at your current deployment, or a new deployment is in the works, this non-technical webinar highlights the 5 most common issues that can prevent you from realizing value from your analytics implementation.Online Marketing News From Around The Web:“Amazon Live” is the retailer’s latest effort to take on QVC with live-streamed video, TechCrunchHow Facebook Has Changed Computing, WIREDReddit raises $300 million at $3 billion valuation, CNBCThe Booming Business For Amazon-Only Ad Partners, AdExchangerThe Difference Between Facebook Clicks, Jon Loomer DigitalThe Do’s and Don’ts of Quora Marketing, CMS WireVimeo revenue jumps 54 percent in 2018, paying subscribers near 1 million, ReutersWant to earn user trust and drive marketing results? Start with these steps, Think with GoogleThe post Marketing Day: IAB adds DTC leader to board, identity resolution options, cybersecurity for marketers appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Marketing Day: IAB adds DTC leader to board, identity resolution options, cybersecurity for marketers Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more

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Second injury blow for Pakistan, Mohammad Hafeez out of World Cup

first_imgPakistan received yet another injury blow on Sunday when their top-order batsman Mohammad Hafeez was ruled out of World Cup due to an ankle injury. Hafeez is the second player to be ruled out after Junaid Khan failing to recover from a thigh injury had to be replaced by Rahat Ali.Hafeez was recently banned by the ICC from bowling due to suspect bowling action. But he has been able to hold on to his place in the Pakistan line-up as an opener. Hafeez in ODIs has scored 4542 runs at an average of 31.10, which includes nine hundreds and 23 half-centuries.It is learnt that the Pakistan Cricket Board has sent the name of left-handed batsman Nasir Jamshed to the ICC technical committee for inclusion in the World Cup squad as a replacement, as reported by dawn.com on Sunday.On Saturday, ICC cleared offspinner Saeed Ajmal’s bowling action, allowing him to resume bowling in international cricket.last_img read more

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Video: 4-Star Florida Commit Jake Allen Receives Invitation To Elite 11

first_imgJake Allen throwing the football.Vine/Sanjay KirpalaniFlorida fans will have a player to root for when the Elite 11 quarterback competition takes place at The Opening this summer. St. Thomas Aquias’ Jake Allen, a Florida verbal commit, was invited to compete after his performance at today’s regional camp in Miami.#Gators QB commit Jake Allen invited to the Elite 11. https://t.co/IftMV2Scr9— Zach Abolverdi (@ZachAbolverdi) March 6, 2016Allen made some nice throws during the drills today.Jake Allen rocking the USPS hat and delivering the mail #GETOPEN #Gators https://t.co/PnQiwJTRq7— Sanjay Kirpalani (@SanjayKirpalani) March 6, 2016Jake Allen with a great throw just off Trevon Grimes fingertips. https://t.co/S6IDbMqmhR— Derek Tyson (@DerekTysonESPN) March 6, 2016Here is Allen’s recruiting profile, via 247Sports. The Elite 11 takes place at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore. from July 5-10.last_img read more

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Scheer says it would take Conservatives five years to balance budget

first_imgVANCOUVER — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says the economy has become such a mess under the Liberals that it would take a Conservative government five years to clean it up.He accused the Liberal government of embarking on a “deficit spree” and spending $79.5 billion of previously unbudgeted funds since 2017, adding balancing the budget in the short-term is “impossible.”Scheer says even the most optimistic projections don’t have the Liberals doing so for 20 more years — but the Conservatives would do so in a quarter of that time.He made the remarks in a speech to members of the Canadian Club at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, where he also said he was pleased with a court ruling today that blocked British Columbia from restricting oil shipments into the province.The B.C. Court of Appeal ruled that the province doesn’t have the authority to create a permitting regime for companies that wish to increase their flow of diluted bitumen, in a ruling widely considered a win for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and Alberta’s efforts to get its resources to overseas markets.But while he called it a “helpful” ruling, Scheer added that a climate of uncertainty remains for investors in the resource sector and called on the Liberal government to put the brakes on a bill to enact new environmental assessment legislation and fast-track any judicial reviews to the Supreme Court of Canada.“Obviously the Conservative party is pleased with this decision. However there still is a great deal of uncertainty as it relates to future court processes,” he said.The Canadian Taxpayers Federation accused Scheer of breaking his word on his previous budget promise, saying in a statement that he signed a pledge in April 2017 with the federation’s youth organization promising to balance the budget within two years if he were elected.“Canadians are already suffering the consequences of breaking a balanced budget promise: Justin Trudeau’s fiscal recklessness will mean at least $100 billion in additional debt piled on the backs of our children and grandchildren,” the statement says.  “The longer a return to balance is delayed, the more debt will accumulate and the longer Canadians will see billions wasted on interest payments.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Cyndi Lauper Releases New Song In Honor Of World Psoriasis Day

first_imgNovartis announced this week that Grammy, Tony and Emmy award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and activist Cyndi Lauper has released a new song, Hope, in honor of World Psoriasis Day.Inspired by psoriasis patients and Lauper’s own experience living with the disease, Hope is part of the SEE ME campaign, an initiative that celebrates patients’ success stories and encourages others living with plaque psoriasis to seek ways to get back to doing the things they want to do.“I have met many people living with psoriasis and drew inspiration for the song from their stories of struggle, courage, perseverance and hope,” said Lauper. “I know first-hand the impact psoriasis can have and my goal is to give a voice to the millions of Americans who may struggle with their psoriasis. We don’t need to hide, and we don’t need to feel embarrassed.”An estimated 7.5 million Americans are affected by psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory condition which is considered the most common autoimmune disease in the US. Like many patients, Lauper hid her psoriasis and struggled for many years to find a treatment that worked for her. Now, she is sharing her story to demonstrate the impact that plaque psoriasis has had on her life, and why she saw a dermatologist and made the decision to start treatment with Cosentyx (secukinumab), the first IL-17A antagonist approved to treat moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.“Plaque psoriasis symptoms like flaking, scaling and bleeding can have a significant impact on a patient’s daily life,” said Dr. Jeffrey Weinberg, Associate Clinical Professor, Dermatology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City and Lauper’s personal dermatologist. “I encourage all people with psoriasis to speak with a dermatologist who specializes in the disease to find a treatment plan that works for them.”“It took me a long time to get to where I am today, but I made it – and so can others who are struggling with psoriasis,” said Lauper.The song and music video for Hope are available to stream on the SEE ME campaign microsite, SEEMEtoknow.com. Additional content includes webisodes featuring Cyndi Lauper and other patients providing a more in-depth look at life with psoriasis.Cyndi Lauper is a Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-winning artist with over 30 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 50 million albums. With her first album, She’s So Unusual, Lauper won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist and became the first female in history to have four top-five singles from a debut album. Since then, Lauper has released ten additional studio albums, been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and celebrated as a New York Times best-selling author. Overall, during her storied music career, Lauper has been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, seven American Video Awards and 18 MTV Awards. In 2013, Cyndi Lauper became the first solo woman to win Best original score for her music and lyrics for Kinky Boots. Next, she’ll write the score for the Broadway adaptation of the 1988 feature film Working Girl, contribute a song to the score of the Broadway musical Spongebob Squarepants and launch her own fashion line with Home Shopping Network.last_img read more

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Fire Fighters responding to grass fire near the 271 road

first_imgThe fire is burning part of a field and trees in the area.  The fire is located just off the Alaska Highway.  Right now crews from the Charlie Lake Fire Department are on scene working to fight the fire. There are two homes near the fire.We are waiting for more information from local fire officials and will update this post as more information becomes available.If you have information to share, email news@moosefm.ca. UPDATE as of 7:30 a.m. Thursday – The 271 road is back open in both directions and the fire is out. We should get more information from the Charlie Lake Fire Department today.UPDATE as of 6:30 p.m. – The 271 Road is closed at the Alaska Highway due to the smoke and fire.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fire crews are responding to a grass fire in a field just off the 271 road.last_img read more

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I would sit alone & cry during rehab, says Mirabai Chanu

first_imgNew Delhi: For Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, the upcoming Asian weightlifting championship starting April 18 will be more than just an international competition. For her, the Ningbo (China) meet will be yet another attempt to break the shackles of pain, which have often come as a speed-breaker in her career. “I have set myself few goals for the Asian championship, the biggest being the attempt to lift 200-kg plus. In the recent past, I have been doing it in training under coach Vijay Sharma in Patiala and there is no reason why I won’t be able to do it in China. That could a turning point in my career,” Mirabai said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhOriginally a lifter in the 48-kg category, Mirabai shifted to the 49-kg section after the international body decided to rejig the weight categories in both men’s and women’s competition for the Olympics and other world-level meets. The Manipur girl now hopes to win a medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the new category. A world champion in 2017 in Anaheim, USA, the 24-year-old is already a recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and the Padma Shri. But luck had not been on her side always — an injury in May 2018 saw her being sidelined for eight months. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”I have fully recovered from that injury, but I vividly remember those depressing days. When I was injured and going through the rehabilitation period, I used to sit alone and cry. Nothing was going right for me, the recovery was slow. I did not know whether I would ever make a comeback. “Sitting in my room, I could hear the sound of other lifters training and my eyes used to be full of tears. Thankfully, my coach Vijay Sharma and my family stood firm behind me. Otherwise, I would not have been lifting again,” said Mirabai. “Disappointments have struck me often but I have always overcome them. In 2016 Rio Olympics, I knew I was good enough to win a medal, but I failed. I won’t commit the same mistake in Tokyo after I qualify for it,” she added. Her personal best in the 48-kg category came in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast when she lifted 196-kg to win the gold. Mirabai thinks the Asian meet will be her next step to achieve the bigger goal. “The China meet will be extremely tough, but I am confident. Due to rearrangement of weight categories, several lifters from 53-kg have also joined the 49-kg category. If you look at the world championship results, you will find that a 200-kg plus lift is must for anyone who is hoping to win a medal. “Given the standard of competition, Asian championship is like a world meet. Lifters from China, Thailand and Korea will be my biggest competitors. But I am not afraid. “The gold medal I won in the EGAT Cup in Thailand a couple of months back has added to my confidence. A good performance and a podium finish will be my aim when I board the flight to China,” said Mirabai.last_img read more

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